Daniel Ricciardo with McLaren marked a great victory at the Italian F1 GP in Monza, after a frantic race with a major accident that forced the two championship contenders Hamilton (Mercedes) and Verstappen (Red Bull) to retire. Ricciardo led the race from starting to finish, after a very good start when he passed Verstappen. Second place for the other McLaren with Norris. Third was Bottas, able to recover from the last positions, showing the new Mercedes engine is working definitely better.
The 2021 Championship is open than ever, but F1 teams are almost ready for the 2022 seasons. Last week Valtteri Bottas announced he is leaving Mercedes to join Alfa Romeo, after Raikkonen announced he is retiring. The following day Mercedes gave the long awaited news: from next season George Russell will be Lewis Hamilton’s teammate. Alex Albon will return to F1 and he will replace Russell on Williams’s team. All confirmed- at the moment- the other drivers in the different teams.
The only unknown situation is about Giovinazzi: Alfa Romeo has not yet confirmed his contract.
Kimi Raikkonen, The Iceman, will retire at the end of 2021 F1 Championship. He started with Sauber, then moved to McLaren ending finally in Ferrari where he won the championship in 2007. In 2010 he took a hiatus from the F1 rallying and racing in Formula Nascar. He then returned in F1 with Lotus and after his new return to Ferrari he scored his biggest accomplishment in his New F1 adventure - till now - winning the 2018 United States Grand Prix with the Scuderia.
He became an Alfa Romeo the following season, switching seats with Charles LeClerc, Raikkonen has started 344 Grands Prix to date, with 21 wins, 103 podiums, and 18 pole positions.
The dutch F1 weekend started as it finished. The dutch driver Verstappen (Red Bull) conquered the pole position on Saturday and celebrated the victory on Sunday on a all orange celebration. Hamilton (Mercedes) arrived 2nd with the fastest lap, conquering a precious extra point for the final race the championship. The dutch driver now lead the standing with 224,5 points, Hamilton is only 3 points behind. Bottas (Mercedes) was 3rd, 4th place for Gasly (Alpha Tauri), 5th Leclerc on Ferrari.
On Saturday, Sept. 18, around 20 Ferraris and other super sporty cars will participate at the Ferrari Cruise-In to benefit The Arthritis Foundation in the James Free Jewelers parking lot in Kettering, Ohio, thanks to a special event organized by James Free Jewelers and the Ferrari Club of America.
Admission will be free, but there will be raffle tickets sold to win the chance of one-hour open-road ride in a Ferrari Testarossa or a half-hour race-like ride in an Aston Martin.
The rain was the real winner on Sunday in Belgium. After almost four hours waiting and only 3 laps raced, FIA stopped for good the F1 GP at Spa. They awarded the winners with half points. The final standing was the copy of the Saturday pole. Verstappen (Red Bull) won the race. Second place and first podium ever with his Williams for Russell. Third place for Hamilton (Mercedes). In the general standing Hamilton leads by 3 points over Verstappen (202.5 vs 199.5). Next week appointment in Holland.
The cars’ auctions during Monterey Car Week and their result say the market of exotic and luxury used cars is stronger than ever. Five companies brought in a total of $343 million, up 37% over the 2019 same event. 2021 vehicle average sale price was $428,004 ($334,114 in 2019). This year the record was for a 1995 McLaren F1 Coupe sold for $20.5 million by Gooding & Co. Second highest price was for a 1959 Ferrari 250 California LWB Competizione Spider sold for $10.8 million at the same sale.
The #7 Toyota GR010-Hybrid driven by Conway, Kobayashi and Lopez won the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2021 race, finishing ahead of the #8 sister car with Sebastien Buemi. The winning trio experienced also a horrible moment when Kamui Kobayashi slid off the track. At the end, the Toyota #7 team secured a stunning win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday afternoon after so many near misses.
When it was new, the Ferrari Enzo costed more or less $650,000, but now someone paid $3.8 million for this special 2003 example sold by Legendary Motor Car Company, setting a new record in the used Enzo market. What makes this Enzo so special is that it's painted in a rare Rosso Scuderia finish, the same color used by Ferrari's F1 team at the time. Last year, a Ferrari Enzo was sold for $2.64 million, setting a new auction record at the time. Now a new record has been set.
While the Monterey cars week was cooling down, the experts celebrated the final winner of the 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance picking among dozens of other a 1938 Mercedes Benz 540K Autobahnkurier. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, among the world’s Concours, is one of the big three, the other two being the original Concours d’Elegance Chantilly Richard Mille and the other one is Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como in Italy.
The video is all over the Internet: you can see a yellow Ferrari SF90 Stradale falling off the delivery truck and crushing down. Video is from Brazil. The lift failed to lower the SF90 down to the ground properly, and gravity did what normally it does. The car was ordered by Cimed Group CEO (a health care service provider in Brazil) and came with some tailor made options. It was ordered through the local Ferrari dealership and given the high taxes in Brazil the price was about 1.5 million USD.
Ferrari has surged back to second-quarter growth, posting a 206-million-euro ($245 million) profit fort last quarter. Last year in the middle of the pandemic, the company registered only 9 million euros last year, when the company was forced to shut production for seven weeks. But last quarter, till June 2021, there was also an improvement over the 184-million-euro profit posted in the same period of 2019, before the pandemic.
Interim CEO John Elkann said June marked a record in orders at the luxury carmaker, noting that general trends show the age of new Ferrari buyers is going down while the number of women placing orders doubled.
Shipments nearly doubled in the quarter to 2,685, along with net revenues, which surged to 1.03 billion euros from 571 billion euros a year earlier. That was also an improvement of 5% over the same period in pre-pandemic 2019.
Monterey car week is on. After the 2020 forced stop, classic and unique cars are taking to streets, golf courses, parks for the classic appointment. Monterey Car Week will feature nearly 30 car events including car shows, races, auctions, arts and lectures and will end with the world famous Pebble Beach concourse d’elegance, on August 15th, for its 70th year. Due to the Covid19 safety protocol most of the events will follow special rules. Just few appointments have been postponed to next summer.
After a horribly messy start, with multiple crushes, six cars immediately out, a long stop and a sudden weather change, the F1 GP of Hungary, saw - last Sunday - a debutant winner in Esteban Ocon with his Alpine. Hamilton (Mercedes) who started first finished third, after a long battle with a brilliant Alonso. The Briton driver was 14th after some bad decisions on tyres changing after the stop of the race. Second place for Vettel (Aston Martin). Fourth place for Sainz (Ferrari).
But after the race the last twist: Vettel disqualified because of absence of fuel for the standard test. So Hamilton became 2nd and Sainz 3rd. The other Ferrari driver - Leclerc - was forced to retire, after the start's crash. Verstappen suffered major damages during the same accident and wasn't able to recover many positions, finishing 10th. Hamilton leads now the championship by 8 points as F1 heads into the summer break. Next appointment will be in Belgium, on August, Sunday the 29th.
Pier Guidi, Come Ledogar and Nicklas Nielsen won the 24H at Spa, driving the #51 Ferrari 488 GT3 and leading most of the race by 3.978 seconds ahead of #32 Audi R8 LMS GT3 of Vanthoor, Charles Weerts and Kelvin van der Linde. Pier Guidi was able to extend the lead over the remaining laps to five seconds, before crossing the line 3.9s ahead. It marks the first win for a Ferrari in the Spa 24 Hours in the GT3 era and the Scuderia's first since 2004, as well as the brand's fourth victory overall.
At the start of the race there was a huge crush. Aitken's Emil Frey Lamborghini was involved in a four-car accident at the top of Eau Rou.
Epic Games - creator of the multi awarded and very popular video game Fortnite - is partnering with Ferrari to bring one of the carmaker’s legendary sports cars to his game. The two companies announced the agreement this week. Fortnite is already well-known for its multi collaboration with celebrities and luxury brands, but the Ferrari coming to the game, the 296 GTB hybrid sports car, is the first licensed car to appear in the hugely popular battle royal shooter.
Cars have become a staple of the game since they were added but until now, they’ve all been generic representations of different kinds of cars, such as a sedan, a pickup truck, and yes, even a sports car. Epic says the Ferrari will play like other vehicles in Fortnite but will sound like what you’d hear from the real car.
Say hello to the new 2022 F1 car. Following the new FIA directions, the new racing car will have a relatively simpler design. Thanks to this, the front wing and nose design will be neutral and less complex. Other differences are about the wheels. Instead of the 13-inch rims of the current car, the 2022-spec F1 car will roll on 18-inch wheels with low-profile rubber. The new design of the rear wing will also help draw the dirty air coming off the car.
The new wing retains the Drag Reduction System (DRS) moveable flap from the current cars. Another important update in the 2022 car is the re-introduction of ‘ground effect’ aero, which was first seen in F1 cars in the 1970s but was banned in the early 80s.
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) was selected as Driver the Day in Silverstone by supporters and experts thanks to his outstanding performance. He started as fourth, and he led almost every lap of the race, despite some engine issues along the way from his Ferrari. Only at the very end he couldn't hold off Lewis Hamilton and his powerful car. Charles Leclerc arrived second and won the title “driver of the day” with a large majority of preferences.
British F1 GP in Silverstone was won by Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) after 52 laps but the race was marked 51 laps before, when the British driver collided with Verstappen causing a massive crush for his Red Bull (and luckily no physical consequences). Hamilton received 10 seconds penalty. Leclerc (Ferrari) lead the race till the very end when Hamilton’s Mercedes was too fast to resist. Bottas (Mercedes) arrived third. Now the gap Verstappen-Hamilton is 8 points, and the Dutch is still leader.
Ferrari has just confirmed they will be part of the Les Mans Hypercar championship in 2023. The Ferrari LMH prototypes will be entered under the Ferrari-AF Corse banner in "a collaborative effort" between the team and the manufacturer's Competizioni GT department, which is masterminding the new program. Ferrari continues to develop his next gen hypercar using LaFerrari. At the same time the brand denied any possible involvement of moto champion Valentino Rossi for top level Les Mans races .
This Saturday at 11.30 EDT and this Sunday (usual time) the new "double race" format for the British F1 GP, while qualifications will be on Friday. But always in these days the Australian Grand Prix has been removed from the Formula One calendar for the second year in a row. F1 organizers decided to cancel the 2021 race due to new Australian stricter travel restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the new Delta coronavirus variant.
2021 race was already postponed from its usual time in March as the season opener, to November because of coronavirus-related restrictions. Now the new decision to completely delete the appointment.
Ferrari has just expanded its own business from luxury and racing cars to high fashion system. Ferrari is now offering apparel with sporty and futuristic accent, designed by diversification creative director Rocco Iannone, who gained experience in great brands like Dolce & Gabbana and Giorgio Armani. The collection expanded beyond the branded jackets, T-shirts and hats that have long been sported by Ferrari fans. Instead, there were minimal sneakers, bold outerwear and Prancing Horse jewellery.
Verstappen (Red Bull) won the second GP in Australia also, leading from the start. Second was Bottas on Mercedes, third place for Norris (McLaren) after a bald battle with Hamilton (Mercedes) who finished fourth also because a huge car damage. Good race for the Ferrari team with Sainz arrived 5th and Leclerc arrived 8th. The second race in Austria saw a lot of duels, incidents and 6 drivers were affected by penalties. Among many, under penalties also Norris and Perez.
Ferrari unveiled last week the new plug-in hybrid car from its production. The 296 GTB Ferrari is the third hybrid to go into series. It follows the SF 90 Stradale in 2019 and a convertible version, the SF90 Spider, last year. The two-seater will cost 269,000 euros ($321,000), reaching 302,000 euros for it "Assetto Fiorano" high-performance version. It will have a top speed over 330 km per hour (205 mph).
A perfect start and a perfect race, led Verstappen (Red Bull) to his fourth F1 victory this year. The dutch pilot conquered the first GP in Austria in this season. Hamilton (Mercedes) was second. Third place for the other Mercedes pilot, Bottas. Perez (Red Bull) was fourth. Sixth and seventh place for thw Ferrari’s duo Sainz and Leclerc. It was a race with a lot of duels but only in the center and lower part of the standing.
Gasly (Alpha Tauri) and Russell (Williams) were forced to retire, after a good qualification and a good first part of the race. Next week another race on this track.
Ferrari signed with Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its official cloud service data provider for its road cars department, GT Competitions, the Ferrari Challenge, and the Formula One (F1) team. The agreement is also about to create a digital fan engagement platform for Ferrari enthusiast, offering exclusive and personalized content via a mobile app. With this, Ferrari aims to strengthen its relationship with millions of fans around the world.
Verstappen (Red Bull) won the French GP after a race long battle with Hamilton (Mercedes). Third place for Perez (Red Bull). After him - as fourth- the other Mercedes with Bottas. All the teams struggled with the tires again. Great race for both the McLarens with Norris and Ricciardo (fifth and sixth). Best result of the season for the rumored new 2022 Mercedes second pilot, Russell (12th in Williams). No points for Ferrari this Sunday, Sainz was 11th, Leclerc 16th.
In a decade where cars' production will mean more and more about electric and electronic system, Ferrari has just picked one of the most named manager in the world of electronics as his new CEO. After months of waiting, Ferrari just announced the decision of hiring Benedetto Vigna, 52, keeping him away from his current position as head of the sensors group at semiconductor firm STMicroelectronics. John Elkann remains head chairman. Vigna will cover the position starting from September 1st.
What happens if you put together a Jeep and a Ferrari? In the next months maybe we can think about the new Prancing Horse SUV. Right now the only image is an old experiment's result from 1969. Nevada businessman Bill Harrah requested that kind of car to Enzo Ferrari in person and he refused. Harrah ended up to build his own car, combining a 1969 Ferrari 365GT with a 1969 Jeep Wagoneer.
Among the amateurs the car is known as "Jerrari". The car now is looking for a new owner on Classic Driver. The odometer marks less than 10 thousand miles.
Forget about qualifications and pole. The Sunday F1 Gp in Baku was completely another story. It started with Leclerc (Ferrari, P1), Hamilton (Mercedes, P2) and Verstappen (Red Bull, P3). It ended with with a completely different podium. Perez (Red Bull) won, amazing second place for Vettel (Aston Martin), third place for Gasly (Alpha Tauri). Verstappen crashed the car after leading the race for a while. Hamilton went out one lap before the end.
Leclerc finished fourth. Thanks to the fastest lap, Verstappen gained 1 point and now he leads the general standing with 4 points more than Hamilton.
Sir Elton John’s vintage 1972 Ferrari Daytona 365GTB/4 Will roll across the Silverstone auction this past weekend. The projected value is said to be between $620,000-$700,000. In the next days we will know if the the car was sold and how much was the final price. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see the vintage Ferrari go for even more money. This particular version of Ferrari was made in only 158 examples.
Despite how it ended up (with Leclerc first in pole and then forced to retire) Ferrari were so competitive at Monaco. According to some experts, it was because of the "super suspension" of the Italians. Maranello team redesigned the system in particular for the Monaco race. But experts say it could be beneficial in more circuits but maybe in a different and less effective way. Ferrari are currently fourth in the world championship with just two points from the McLaren team.
In a few days, a white 1988 Ferrari Testarossa with less than 25,000 miles on the clock will be offered in auction at the Silverstone Ferrari sale, June 5th. The car happened to be sold new in Japan. Approaching the 40-year mark, Ferrari Testarossa cars are increasing interest among Ferrari lovers.
Helio Castroneves won his fourth career Indy 500 in a nail-biting finish, being able to beat Alex Palau in the very last lap of the race. Castroneves previously won the 500 in 2001, 2002, 2009. The part time driver joined Meyer Shank Racing last November. Castroneves won the iconic race in front of at least 135,000 people, the largest crowd to watch a sports event since pandemic began. Castroneves joins A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears (lastly in 1991) as the race’s only four-time winners.
The dream lasted less then 24 hours. The Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc’s chances of winning his home race from pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix went away when the team realized there was still a problem in his car. The Monaco Montecarlo born driver crashed the car during the qualification, right after gaining the pole.
Ferrari team decided to not substitute the car. In that case Leclerc would have started from the box. In a race like the Monaco one, it was meaning having no chances to win. But Ferrari gets anyway the second place with Carlos Sainz...
Verstappen (Red Bull) won his first GP in Monaco, while Carlos Sainz was second for Ferrari and McLaren’s Lando Norris a superb third, his first podium finish in the principality. The race went quite smooth for the winner, after he gained the pole position when Leclerc was forced to retire before the Sunday race. Now the dutch driver has 4 points more than the seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton.
Despite his seventh final position, the Mercedes driver was able to gain one point more, thanks to the fastest lap. It was worse for his teammate Bottas, forced to retire after a mechanical failure during a pit-stop.
While the other teammates were training, last week the soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, from the Italian team Juventus, was visiting Ferrari factory in Maranello. He had 3 important missions: he bought a new very exclusive Ferrari, the Ferrari Monza; he met withFerrari F1 drivers Leclerc and Sainz; and he also tried the Maranello circuit. Ferrari Monza is a very special car you can buy only if you receive a special invitation from Ferrari. This one-seat car is valued around $ 1.95 million.
Following the new Covid-19 traveling restrictions in Turkey, F1 will be not allowed to race there on June 11-13. That weekend will now remain free, with the French Grand Prix moving a week earlier than originally planned to June 18-20 and a second race in Austria – the Styrian Grand Prix – added to the calendar on June 25-27. That Turkey GP cancellation, will create a new France-Styria-Austria triple header, with the Austrian Grand Prix staying in its original July 2-4 slot.
All tickets already sold to the French Grand Prix are valid for the earlier date.
F1 is looking for an American driver. Greg Maffei, ceo of the Liberty Media, owner of F1, said the addition of the Miami GP and the confirmation of the GP in Austin are just the first steps to consolidate the image of the fastest car races. In USA there is a growing interest about the F1 thanks also the Netflix show “Drive to Survive”, that has having a great audience in the States. Having also a great American driver in one of the F1 cars could be the ultimate game changer factor.
Thanks to a perfect pit-stop’s strategy, and a brilliant attack during the Spanish F1 GP Hamilton (Mercedes) won his third in four races, despite losing the lead to Verstappen (Red Bull) at the first corner. The dutch driver was second with the fastest lap and Bottas (Mercedes) arrived third. Great fourth places for Leclerc with Ferrari. Fifth place for Perez, the other Reb Bull driver. Sainz with the second Ferrari was seventh.
Not only cars. Ferrari has decided to play giving fans a little bit of Prancing Horse also when it comes with to fashion. Maranello company is ready to unveil its new and first luxury men’s, women’s and children’s apparel collection in June.The Elkann-Agnelli family holding Exor, which owns Ferrari, plans to stage a runway show that will be held directly in Maranello, Italy, where the Ferrari brand is headquartered, on June 13th. Ferrari presented this new business as a new “lifestyle project”.
Hamilton (Mercedes) won Portugal GP and extended the lead over Verstappen (Red Bull) in general standing (25-18). The dutch driver was 2nd and 3rd place for Bottas (Mercedes). The race was decided by two overtakes from Hamilton against these two drivers. Perez (Red Bull) was first for a while after some pit stops but at the end he arrived 4th; 6th and 11th place for Leclerc and Sainz with their Ferrari. Good race for McLaren team, especially for Ricciardo able to recover from 16th place to 9th.
Auction company RM Sotheby’s is planning to have at least four incredible and unique Ferraris at its incoming special sale in Milan, Italy, on June 14-15. The sale is taking place at the Palazzo Serbelloni. At the center of the auction - for a starting price around $2.4 million - will be the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB that French screenwriter Roger Vadim purchased new and later passed to his then wife, the famous American actress Jane Fonda.
The light blue car, chassis No. 08641, is a long nose and torque tube example. Vadim bought it on June 15, 1966, and three months later transferred the registration to Fonda. After Fonda, the owners have been all from French.
The Japanese F1 Grand Prix will be hosted from the Suzuka circuit until at least the end of the 2024 season after Formula One and circuit owners announced a three-year contract extension on Saturday. The figure of eight track in Mie Prefecture first hosted a Formula One race in 1987 and has provided the final and decisive race for 11 drivers' championships.
Now it is official. F1 will double races in USA, and Miami will be the second American circuit along with the historic circuit of Austin. Beginning from late spring of 2022 Miami Gardens will feature a race of the biggest and most spectacular cars’ championship, as part of a new 10-year deal. The circuit - picked among dozens of different projects - will be build all around on the car parks and roads surrounding the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
It will be a semi a semi-permanent track, 5.41 kilometer long with 19 corners and turns, up to three DRS zones with a top speed of about 200 mph. The "MiamiF1" hashtag went quickly viral yesterday on all the social media after the official FIA announcement.
Thanks to a perfect start and a perfect race, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) won the Imola GP in Italy, while Lewis Hamilton finished 2nd with the fastest lap, and Lando Norris came in 3rd. Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz ended the race 4th and 5th. Race was spectacular with wet&dry conditions, a red flag with a suspension of the race after George Russell and Valtteri Bottas crashed. Lewis Hamilton's made up from 9th to 2nd, and multiple other events, like spins and cars off track.
Ferrari organized a special event to remember and to celebrate the late Gianni Agnelli, who was born 1921 and who partnered the Prancing Horse company for many years. In with current government restrictions, Ferrari Museums are closed to public. However, museum is offering two different free virtual live tours of the new ‘Gianni Agnelli and Ferrari. The Elegance of the Legend’. Exhibition is held every day until Thursday, April 15th. Each tour lasts about 30 minutes (in Italian and English).
In the three-week gap after season-opening, all F1 teams are studying and testing important upgrades for their cars. Most awaited upgrades are from Ferrari: they will bring first aerodynamic upgrade package to their home Grand Prix at Imola, Italy. Leclerc already tested the upgrades at Ferrari's simulator in Maranello. Sainz instead spent most of the time reviewing his Bahrain race trying to gain confidence with the new car. “Made in Italy” GP in Imola will be on April 16th-18th with no fans.
A unique Ferrari 1955 250 Europa GT, with 22,000 miles on the ticker is expected to fetch between $2.2 million and $2.6 million at the auction, which runs May 3rd through 7th, at Gooding & Co’s Geared online sale. The first owner for an array of custom touches that distinguish this particular Europa GT from the 43 others in existence. Chassis 0413 GT features a distinctive colorway of black over orange leather that highlights the remarkable Pininfarina coachwork.
It also features a special instrument arrangement and an unconventional taillight treatment. Under the hood the two-door coupe packs a 3.0-liter Colombo-derived V-12 engine that’s good for around 217 horses, with zero to 60 mph time of 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph.
More than hundred Ferrari F1 team members have already received the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid 19 vaccine, taking a important step on fighting the spreading of the disease. Mercedes F1 team also decided to take advantage of Bahrain’s vaccination offer. Other UK based F1 teams follow the British vaccine rollout. That means that for the next F1 race in Imola, Italy, the F1 circuit will be largely protected.
Ferrari F1 team decided to cover his personnel thanks to the Bahrain offer, after consulting with the Italian health system, trying to ease the regional health organization.
The second F1 race of this season will be on April 18th in Italy, few miles away from Ferrari factory. The new name of this GP, in Imola, will be "Made in Italy and Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix". It will be a good moment for the Italian team to show everybody its real potential. Ferrari went very well during the week before the first race in Bahrain, with a definitely improved engine.
The team finished sixth with Leclerc and eighth with Sainz. “It’s a nice start and a good feeling and I am reasonably happy with the race today. I cannot be extremely satisfied with P6, but at the end of the day we need to look at where we were last year and it’s clear we have made good progress", said Leclerc after the race.
The seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won the Bahrain Grand Prix in the opening race of the F1 2021 season, defeating Max Verstappen (Red Bull) who arrived second after a thrilling final. Hamilton’s teammate Bottas was 3rd. Norris (McLaren) conquered the 4th position. Sergio Pérez did very well recovering in his Red Bull to finish 5th after started at the back after a mechanical problem on the formation lap. 6th and 8th positions for Ferrari team with Leclerc and Sainz.
With the new F1 Championship less than a week away, Netflix is warming up fans expectations releasing Drive to Survive 3. The last 2 series showedF1 in all its particular protagonists. Season 3 is about the 2020 F1 season, with many ups and downs, cancellations, fears about the covid emergency, and finally real duels on the circuits. Netflix released last Friday the whole new series. F1 fans can experience again the 2020 season before the first 2021 F1 race in Bahrain, on Sunday March 28th.
A 1996 Ferrari F50 was stolen in 2003 in Italy and then found during an inspection at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, N.Y., on December 14, 2019. Customs and Border Protection officers noticed some rivets on the VIN plate were covered with a black tar substance. The investigations have just finished and the results are now confirmed.
Ferrari’s records show the sports car was stolen from a hotel parking garage on March 30, 2003, just a month after an Italian man, bought it with his father and brother. And a Florida man, says he bought it online for $1.435 million in September 2019 for his car collection.
A simple but very effective trio of fins that have been directly incorporated into the diffuser area, in the car’s floor. That’s one of the most important news from the Ferrari SF21 for the 2021 F1 season. This solution - as from Motorsport experts - could prevent turbulent airflow off the rear tire from causing problems to the airflow passing over the floor. It seems like the new Ferrari technology is a direct consequence from FIA’s new regulations (trimming 40mm the brake duct winglets).
After three testing days in Bahrain, F1 circuit gained some truths about 2021 season: Red Bull team showed a very different pace, seeming now the fastest car. In the last day, Verstappen signed an excellent time as first. Surprising 2nd position for Tsunoda with Alpha Tauri. Third place for Sainz with Ferrari, 4th Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), 5th position for the seven times champion Hamilton and his Mercedes. Right after him Russel on Williams.
After the first two days with a lot of red flags for many teams, the third day went smooth. First race will be on March 28th, always in Bahrain.
The company Barrett Jackson will auction one of the most desirable vehicles in the world, a stunning red 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 - lot 1394 - during the Scottsdale Auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale, at the end of March. Having passed through only a handful of caretakers, the matching-numbers 4-cam Ferrari is one of only 330 built and has a heavily documented history from the day it left the factory in Italy. The car includes the rare original tool bag and brochure.
Fully restored, this particular vehicle (chassis #09677) has passed through only a handful of owners. I had a complete engine rebuild at North Coast Exotics.
Formula 1 is actively looking for new teams and also for new engine suppliers. The situation has become more urgent last October, after Honda announced its intention to withdraw at the end of the 2021 season. Among those most frequently tipped as possible entrants are various of Volkswagen Group’s brands – usually Porsche and Audi – and Hyundai Group, which includes KIA. Early this month, the VW group said they are moving forward with their F1 project.
Ferrari’s online ‘Team Launch’ on Friday saw the squad present their refreshed line-up of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, along with Matteo Binotto, the team manager. Asked about his expectations for the season ahead, Binotto replied: “Certainly last year was a big, big disappointment. We know that we cannot repeat such a bad result; we know that we need somehow to do better in 2021. Ferrari’s 2021 car, the SF21, will be presented on March 10th, two days before the start of pre-season testing.
A new online auction will begin on 1st March on F1 Authentics - the official online F1 memorabilia store from England - featuring some extremely rare F1 collectables. F1 Authentics Icons of F1 Auction will include more than 50 items celebrating 15 World Champions, with new items added daily. Items on the auction will include: a pair of signed Ferrari race boots from seven-time World Champion, Michael Schumacher and a 1994 replica of three-time World Champion Ayrton Senna's Williams race suit.
No more excuses: if your lifelong dream has always been driving a real F1 car, now you can do it. British company TrackDays is now offering the opportunity to drive a Jordan EJ12 F1 car that was first piloted by Takuma Sato back in 2002. The Jordan is now situated at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire, England (few miles from London), and there are three different experiences for customers to choose from. Price start around $1,200. You can spend around $5,000 if want an entire day experience.
The former F1 Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel has put his supercars collection up for auction. The sale will be organized by UK-based car dealer Tom Hartley Jr. The experts believe expecting to raise more than three million dollars. Vettel has decided to sell his entire collection of eight cars includes five Ferraris, two Mercedes-Benz and a BMW. All the cars are like new. To be very precise, the Ferrari car LaFerrari is showing only 305 miles.
Roger Penske is one of the most famous auto circuit star. Now his ultra rare 2016 Ferrari F12 TdF is going to be on auction at Mecum Auction's Glendale event in March. With just 449 miles, this is one of just 799 examples produced. The car - a rosso corsa color - has $55,000 value in optionals. The normal value of this kind of cars in around $620,000. Usually they reach easily $1million during an auction thanks their uniqueness. In US there are only around 200 cars that you can compare to this.
Stefano Domenicali, CEO of FIA, just confirmed that the organization is working hard to double F1 races in USA. Austin is already a confirmed date also for this 2021 season. Since many years they are also talking about a race in Miami, and all the official talks are about a city circuit between Miami and Miami Beach (and back).
Now Domenicali says Miami is not the only option. Las Vegas could offer the same advantages (another possible city circuit) offering also the possibility to attract many fans from the West Coast, and especially from California. Meanwhile, FIA just confirmed Portugal (Portimao) as one of 2021 races.
F1 superstar Lewis Hamilton has been the last driver to sign the new contract with his team, Mercedes. The two parts reached an economic agreement for one year, until the end of 2021, after rumors talked about a possible multi year agreement.
Year 2021 is going to be a record year for Ferrari. Despite numbers went down for Ferrari production in 2020 - due to the pandemic emergency - during the same time new orders hit the record levels. They are more than 20% up versus last year. They will cover the entire production capacity for 2021 and beyond. For that reason Ferrari is going to add more working places and is going to release a $ 9,000 one-time extra bonus payment for its employees .
F1 superstar Lewis Hamilton will be the last driver to sign the new contract with his team, Mercedes. Rumors has been emerged in the last days. The two parts seem having reached an economic agreement, now the last details are about how long the new contract will last. With the seven times world champion, Mercedes hope to reach a multi year agreement.
Cavallino restaurant owner Neri died last year. Cavallino was the Enzo Ferrari favorite restaurant in Modena. Now all Ferrari automobilia and memorabilia from restaurant will be on auction on February 6 at a special Ferrari Automobilia sale by Artcurial Motorcars. Among items, there are the engine and monocoque (separate lots) from the F1 412 T2 driven by Berger in 1995, pieces of bodywork from the 641 raced by Prost in 1990, an engine cover from a F-2002, and a 2005 season Schumacher helmet.
After 24 hours racing and mostly leading the competition, Wayne Taylor Racing team won its third consecutive Rolex 24 at Daytona, tying the record held by Chip Ganassi Racing, its greatest challenger also during this last edition. Driver Filipe Albuquerque brought the No. 10 Acura of WTR to the checkered flag ahead of Kamui Kobayashi in the No. 48 Ally Cadillac. Third place for Harry Tincknell in the No. 55 Mazda and Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 60 Acura of Meyer Shank Racing.
American F1 team Haas started to work using Ferrari technicians and some buildings very close to Ferrari in Maranello (Italy). This is part of the new agreement even though the Ferrari Manager Binotto has stressed the two teams will work separately and no-one from Haas will have any access to the Ferrari area.
The Belgian-Dutch Maya Weug has been selected to become the first-ever female student of the world-famous Ferrari Driver Academy. The 16-year-old girl born in Spain will now embark on the most significant journey in her young racing career with a one-year contract at the Academy and a full season in a Formula 4 championship certified by the FIA.
After the new changes due to the still ongoing pandemic, the new F1 2021 calendar will now start with the Bahrain GP on March 28. F1 will then head to Imola, which wasn't on the original schedule but is added after a successful return in 2020, on April 18. Although May 2 is a 'TBC' on the calendar, Portugal's Portimao circuit is expected to host the third race of the season.
The calendar is setting for 23 total appointments, including Spain, Monaco, Azerbaijan, Canada, France, Austria, UK, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands, again Italy, Russia, Singapore, Japan, USA, Mexico, Brasil, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi. Monaco, Azerbaijan and Canada could announce soon their renunciation.
A record entry list for the 59th Rolex 24 at Daytona was released on Wednesday, with a record number of 50 teams, and among them three different Ferraris. Last year only 38 teams asked and were admitted to the qualification. This first part will be held next weekend, from the 22th to the 24th of January. The official race is scheduled for 30 and 31 of January.
RM Sotheby's Scottsdale sale on January 22 will host the auction of a unique Ferrari 375 America Coupe by Vignale. It’s one of only three cars made by the Turin studio with Vignale transforming full-scale drawings into aluminum sculpture with his own eyes. According to RM Sotheby's estimations, this car should be sold for between $2,400,000 and $3,400,000.
Too good to be destroyed, too perfect to be hidden. Ferrari company lost a cause against the Italian Customs service “Agenzia delle dogane” and now a perfect 1958 196/246s Ferrari will be part of the educational material to help the future Customs service agents on studying counterfeit cars. Ferrari had previously asked to destroy that car, but the Maranello company at the end has lost the cause.
Despite some events are not definitely set yet, we already have a good number of appointments in Bryan's Events List. There is the Ferrari annual experience in Oregon for July 11-17th, 2021 and some other appointments from local Ferrari Clubs... There are many auctions (many online) even if the calendar is not yet complete... There are F1 events: some are still pending, but majority of them is confirmed. So have a look: Bryan's List can already be a source for car lovers ideas...
Ferrari f1 Team has already decided the name of the car for the new racing year. The car will be called SF21, a very simple name, stressing the transition to 2022. It will be certainly partially a "frozen" car, the same chassis as 2020. The dynamic instead will be largely modified. As the team claimed at the end of the 2020, the next goal is to be one of the first three teams in the 2021 F1 championship.
A 1998 Ferrari F355 Spider that belonged to and was customized by NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal was recently sold in an online auction. This is a very special car: this model has a significant amount of extra seating room to fit the 7’2” 300-lb-plus NBA champion’s body . The fuel tank was relocated and the soft top deleted to make way for aftermarket racing seats big enough to swaddle the car’s XXL driver.
Mark your calendar for July 11-17th, 2021 to spend a week with friends and Ferraris. Portland and Oregon will host the Annual FCA experience 2021. The 2020 edition was cancelled and moved to 2022 due to pandemic. This year the event is going to be bigger and to last longer. It will be an entire week for Ferrari lovers and owners to spend driving through Oregon roads or enjoying many different outdoor and indoor activities, all related to the Prancing Horse and beautiful Oregon territory.
Barrett-Jackson, the Phoenix area's largest car collector auction, has postponed its January auction until March due to the pandemic and also Scottsdale-based Russo & Steele will host an invitation-only auction in March, according to company websites. Others are adjusting plans, too. California-based top selller Gooding & Company will hold its auction online in January. Worldwide Auctioneers will hold its auction at its headquarters in Indiana and online.
Next season could see Ferrari among the three fastest teams in F1. Team principal Mattia Binotto sees no reason why the red cars cannot return to theire historical position as a regular top three team. Binotto said it is mindful that complexities of F1’s 2021 “token system” (every team can develop its system following different rules) could hand an advantage to competitors like Racing Point (to be rebranded as Aston Martin) and AlphaTauri, teams with “unlimited tokens”.
F1 teams for 2021 are almost all set up. Sergio Perez will join Red Bull, instead of Alex Albon and Yuki Tusnoda announced to partner Pierre Gasly at AlphaTauri the only remaining space is the second Mercedes seat, but an announcement confirming Lewis Hamilton's new contract is expected soon, especially now after Toto Wolff, just announced the extension of his Mercedes contract for three more years.
Verstappen (Red Bull) won the last race of F1 during the season finale in Abu Dhabi. On the podium also Bottas (Mercedes) and his teammate and 2020 World Champion Hamilton. Most of the teams - as Mercedes- decided to turn down the power for the last race due to some general concerns about the MGU-K power units failures reported as “end of their life” situation. Fastest lap for Ricciardo (last race with Renault).
Third place for McLaren - as constructor - able to steal at the very end the position from Racing Point thanks to its pilots (Sainz and Norris) last performance.
Italian medias say Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri and former Chief Design Officer Jony Ive are reportedly candidates to be Ferrari's next CEO. But more likely the position colud be covered by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley. Former Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri departed the company last week citing personal reasons. Additionally, former Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao was allegedly in the running for the position, but he has already denied, calling the claim "groundless."
Ferrari chief executive Louis Camilleri announced his retirement from every single position inside the company "for personal reasons with immediate effect".
Chairman John Elkann will be act as interim chief executive until a replacement is found. Camilleri announced also his retirement from Philip Morris.
In one of the most chaotic F1 GP of this year, Sergio Perez (Racing Point) won the second race scheduled in Bahrain. Second place for Esteban Ocon (Renault) and third place for Lance Stroll (Racing Point). Race was dominated by George Russel (on Mercedes, replacing Hamilton out for Covid). Started as 2nd, the young British driver was able to reach the first place twice, recording also the fastest lap. But a Mercedes team error during a pit stop, and then a puncture forced him to finish 9th.
Out from (almost) the beginning Leclerc (Ferrari) after an accident with Perez. In the same accident out also Verstappen (Red Bull).
Mick Schumacher won in Bahrain the F2 2020 Championship. The son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher beat fellow Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott after a dramatic final race in Bahrain. The race was chaotic with Schumacher down to 19th place and Ilott not able to go faster than 11th place. At the end Mick conquered the title thanks to previous incredible victories all over this year. In 2021 the young Schumacher will compete in F1 with the American Haas powered by Ferrari.